Description from Goodreads:
Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life…even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend’s death wasn’t an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.
And right into the arms of Luke Evans.
But Cori’s life isn’t perfect anymore. In fact, it’s all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process…
Miss Riki’s Review:
I really enjoyed this latest release from Entangled Publishing’s New Adult Line, Embrace. The story itself is heartbreaking, with the idea that Cori has just started to deal with the death of her boyfriend, when months after the fact it comes to light that his death wasn’t an accident- it was suicide. The revelation sends an otherwise strong and strong-willed main character spiraling out of control. Add a potential new romance with an attractive guy to the mix, and you have all the makings for a really compelling New Adult romance.
I loved Cori as the lead character and felt so terrible for her as she tries to make sense of her own emotions surrounding the death of her boyfriend. On one hand she’s holding up well and making good things happen for herself in school and life in general, but on the other hand she’s dealing with her boyfriend’s forlorn father and all of the emotions that come with dealing with his grief. As if she didn’t have enough to deal with on her own, she is now dealing with the grief of others too. It is no wonder she feels conflicted when she is with Luke.
Something really refreshing about this book in the New Adult genre is that it is relatively “clean” in terms of the heat level. I feel like so much of New Adult right now is super sexy, and while there’s definitely a place for that, this was a refreshing break from it. There are some sexy scenes in the book, but for the most part they’re fade to black and the dialogue surrounding them is so sweet between the characters. I really enjoyed reading about intimacy between characters without all of the explicit description.
This was a wonderful read, full of taught emotional conflict and swoonworthy romantic moments. It is a wonderful addition to the New Adult genre.